New powers for Hertsmere Pcsos in illegal parking battle

PUBLISHED: 06:21 01 December 2011

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EXTRA powers have been handed to Hertsmere's Police Community Support Officers to deal with motorists who drive residents crazy.

Pcsos, as they are known, can now tackle illegal parking and anti-social motoring offences such as failure to exhibit a tax disc, sounding a horn at night and unnecessary obstruction.

The moves have been welcomed by Cllr John Donne, portfolio holder for community safety and transport.

He said: “Parking problems can be a real problem for residents and I am glad our Pcsos will now be able to issue fixed penalty notices to those that flout the law.

“Drivers who are inconsiderate can cause a lot of traffic problems and be a real inconvenience to other road users and residents so I hope these new powers will help to ease problems.

“Drivers who continue to ignore the rules should be warned that they run the risk of getting a ticket.”

Superintendent Andy McCracken, from Hertfordshire Constabulary, said: “Parking problems and anti-social motoring, such as noisy mini motorbikes in open spaces, are possibly the most frequent reasons for complaints to local officers.

“These new powers will enable us to deal more quickly and effectively with these issues and give our communities an even better service.”

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